Industries

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Mikaella Go and Tony Yu are kicking it with Vessi Footwear
Nathan Caddell

Life Story: When Mikaella Go met Tony Yu at a restaurant in Vancouver’s Yaletown, she didn’t realize that she would spend the next six years of her life as a serial entrepreneur. Working as a City of Richmond lifeguard at...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Michelle Tran is building an empire with Meraki Beauty Bar
Alyssa Hirose

Life Story: Michelle Tran’s first “job” was serving frozen yogurt at the Yogen Früz franchise her father owned. “I was seven years old, and I was too short–my dad would put down pineapple cans so I could stand on top...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Bethany McNeill covers it all with insurance brokerage Momentum Benefits
Dee Hon

Life Story: Bethany McNeill credits her athletic career for fostering the teamwork and leadership skills she’s used to start and run her insurance brokerage firm, MB Pension and Benefits Group, which does business as Momentum Benefits. The North Vancouver native...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Kaylee Astle enables digital retailers with Spocket
Jessica Natale Woollard

Life Story: Saskatoon-born Kaylee Astle spent her formative years being homeschooled in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Her entrepreneurial parents–dad was a financial planner, mom an interior designer–retired early and moved Astle and her sister to the Baja Peninsula. An internship...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Alexa Suter harnessed the power of social media to create two companies
Alyssa Hirose

Life Story: When Langley-born Alexa Suter was 13, she discovered her love of storytelling. Scrawling in journals, spinning short stories and crafting poems throughout her teens led her to pursue an English degree at Kwantlen Polytechnic University–and to leave school...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Devesh Bharadwaj isn't wasting time (or water) with Pani Energy
Dee Hon

Life Story: “What are the top problems for society for the century?” Devesh Bharadwaj asked himself while enrolled in the first year of a mechanical engineering degree at UVic. The question consumed him so much that he spent more time...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Business is hopping for Bite Snacks Nutrition founder and CEO Sydney Koby
Dee Hon

Life Story: By the time Sydney Koby graduated in 2013 with an engineering degree from Queen’s University in Ontario, a semester in Singapore had introduced her to scuba diving, travel and other ideas. “I didn’t want to be an engineer...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Marissa Grootes is staying on schedule with Stil Classics
Dee Hon

Life Story: Starting a business wasn’t on Marissa Grootes’ busy agenda in 2013, when she made a notebook-style planner to manage her schedule. The Zurich-born SFU communications grad was working full-time in design and marketing while selling jewelry on the...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Lambda Science CEO Arman Mottaghi is building homes with AI
Dee Hon

Life Story: Six years ago, when Arman Mottaghi immigrated with his parents from Iran, he had few thoughts about becoming an entrepreneur or going into the construction industry. Today, he’s co-founder and CEO of Lambda Science, a two-year-old Vancouver startup...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Jessica Luongo wines and dines clients with AmoVino Distributors
Nathan Caddell

Life Story: Some coincidences follow you around for much of your life. Like when you grow up in North Vancouver during the 2010s with a grandfather who runs a wine business called Burrows, Luongo & Associates and a dad who...

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